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Stay & Play Volunteer

Our Stay & Play sessions are held weekly with the aim of bridging the gap between parent and child play relations. The classes are delivered by a trained volunteer who engages with both children and parents on how to best support child development through various “play” strategies.

As a Stay & Play Volunteer you will support the session lead with running the weekly class. This involves engaging with parents, keeping them up to date on how the classes are going and build a good relationship with the children. This post will allow you to gain valuable experience in childcare which will boost your employability and skillset.


St Pauls Way Community Centre


Every Friday 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Useful Contacts

Sadia Yasmin
Volunteering Officer
0777 941 6360

Description of Tasks

  • To support staff in making the Play session a welcoming, fun and safe place where children can play and learn in a supportive environment
  • To assist in setting up and clearing away the session
  • To bring energy and enthusiasm to the session
  • To build good relationships with parents and their toddlers
  • To supervise the space, ensuring equipment is used properly and is safe for children to play with
  • Helping to create and lead exciting activities in arts and crafts, games, creative play and more
  • To report and accidents, incidents or any concerns you have about children to Playtime Club staff
  • To fulfil and other duties considered reasonable as directed by staff
  • Clean equipment in line with COVID-19 requirements
  • If the volunteer  would like to gain further experience, we would welcome a 30min session from the Volunteer such as Story-telling, running an activity e.g. playdough, arts & crafts.


  • We are looking for charismatic, energetic and friendly individuals.
  • You will have excellent listening skills, great patience and the ability to empathise.
  • As you will build relationships with children it is very important that you are reliable and consistent so the children feel comfortable with you.
  • You should possess good observational skills and always be aware of what the children are doing.
  • You should have great communication skills and the ability to create a safe and open environment where children feel heard.

All volunteers will be required to complete an application form, attend an informal interview and supply two satisfactory character references. 


What we can offer:

  • A full induction, followed by the right training and ongoing support
  • The opportunity to gain experience within childcare
  • A named supervisor who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • Priority for any further training we have on offer
  • ‘Out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipt
  • An honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • A supportive space to be in and a safe, artistic environment without discrimination
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Access to other volunteering opportunities

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Please provide contact details of two referees who are both willing to provide a character reference. This will involve answering questions on a range of topics from your strengths to areas for development and your time management. Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.
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